Tampa has exciting things to do and see throughout the city and across the Bay into Clearwater and St. Petersburg. However, without a reliable means of transportation or the ability to drive, it can be a hassle getting from point A to point B. If you or your loved one aren’t able to drive, there are several other options in the city. Tampa’s public transportation system, taxi services, senior transportation providers, and ride sharing services give you choices on how to get to your destination.
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) provides area transportation throughout the county including into Sun City center in the south, Valrico in the east, Town ’n Country out west, and Carrollwood to the north. Depending on where you want to go in Tampa, you have options to travel by bus, MetroRapid, van, and streetcar. Medicare cardholders can purchase a discount farecard that saves 25% on all fares, including one-day and long-term packages. All HART buses and vans are wheelchair accessible, and people with disabilities can apply for HART Plus Paratransit services.
For on-demand service to places like the airport or destinations around town, taxi services are available. There are several licensed in Tampa Bay, including Yellow Cab, United Cab, and Cab Plus. Passengers can make reservations in advance over the phone or online, and some services allow you to pre-pay for a ride, which is a great option if you have a loved one or parent who needs a driver to help them with transportation.
There are several health and homemaking services that offer transportation for clients to allow them to go to medical appointments or run errands. In Tampa, Sunshine Line Transportation, Easy Rider Senior Transport, and WeCare Medical Transportation are just a few options. There are several advantages to using services like these, and each offers a unique rate structure and available services.
Popular services Uber and Lyft both have drivers in Tampa, which means that seniors and their family who have the mobile app on a smartphone can schedule rides throughout the area. Take care to know how the pricing is determined by each company so that you’re not surprised if you encounter the higher “surge pricing” rates during a popular travel time like rush hour.
The Florida Department of Transportation has created an online database with dozens of transportation resources for seniors, by county, for the state. You can search by county, or find information on the Community Transit Coordinator or the United We Ride programs in your area.
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs local Area Agency on Aging, the Senior Connection Center can assist seniors with finding services that offer a safe ride in Tampa. Call 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) to speak to someone who can help. Alternately, you can call 2-1-1 to reach the Florida Health and Human Services line and inquire about services available near you.
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